Dr Will Montgomery

Personal profile

Will graduated from Emmanuel College, Cambridge, with a degree in English in 1987. After a period outside academia, he took the Literature, Culture, Modernity MA at Queen Mary, University of London, receiving the Marjorie Thompson award for outstanding academic achievement in 1999. He remained at Queen Mary for his AHRB-funded PhD, which was devoted to the writing of contemporary American poet Susan Howe. He subsequently taught poetry, modernist literature and critical theory at Queen Mary and at Southampton University. In January 2007 he joined Royal Holloway as RCUK research fellow in contemporary poetry and poetics. He is a member of the department's Poetics Research Centre and was a co-organizer of that group's POLYply| reading and performance series.

Recent publications include The Poetry of Susan Howe| (Palgrave, 2010) and the essay collection Frank O'Hara Now| (Liverpool UP, 2010), which he co-edited with Robert Hampson. He is currently working on a study of short form in modernist and contemporary US poetry, and co-editing an edited collection on field recordings and literature. Will also works with audio, making field recordings, sound art and music.


Will currently teaches EN1112 An Introduction to Poetry; EN2325 Modernist Literature; EN3232 The First Person (a course radical memoir and biofiction co-taught with Prue Chamberlain-Bussey); EN3332 The New York Schools (an interdisciplinary course on mid-century poetry, painting and composition).

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